Media Watch – 12 Jan (pm)

By on 12/01/2010 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

True grit keeps us on the move (Birmingham Mail, Express & Star) The battle to keep Birmingham on the move has been boosted by a fresh delivery of salt.  Grit was laid down last night for a record-breaking 28th consecutive day over stretches of road amounting to 1100 miles.

75% of city kids drunk before they're 16 (Birmingham Mail)  The front page of today's Birmingham Mail declares that three quarters of Birmingham schoolchildren have been drunk before their sixteenth birthday, according to a report.  However, the story is incorrect due to incomplete statistics in an Overview and Scrutiny report.  Link to correction:

Nurse “tampered with cancer notes” (Birmingham Mail) A nurse has been suspended for allegedly tampering with the medical records of cancer patients at Birmingham's Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.  Cllr Deirdre Alden quoted.

Snow can't stop homes (Birmingham Mail) Work has begun on building Birmingham's first new council homes for more than 30 years, despite the blanket of snow covering the ground.  Cllr John Lines quoted.

Stadium to be expanded for Olympic team ( American athletes, coming to Birmingham to train for the 2012 Olympics, have demanded a major extension to Alexander Stadium's fitness facilities.  City planners have given the go-ahead.

Regional Headlines:

Cadbury chairman Roger Carr has urged shareholders publicly to reject Kraft's bid and keep the company independent.

A grieving family from Rubery was left devastated after the body of a relative had to be dug up, following a series of blunders by funeral directors and cemetery officials.

A landmark pub in Bordesley Green is getting a new lease of life as a prayer room and community centre.

A contemporary art exhibition is to be set up at Moseley Road Baths.

National Headlines:

Tony Blair's former director of communications, Alistair Campbell, has told the Chilcot enquiry that he “defends every single word” of the 2002 dossier on Iraq's “weapons of mass destruction.”

Stephen Hester, chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, has defended his bank's pay structure to a committee of MPs.

MoD figures show that 20% of army infantry personnel is unfit for frontline duties.

A Sunderland city councillor has been expelled from the Conservative party after he made offensive remarks about rape at a meeting with police about a rape prevention campaign.

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